We spent over 200 hours working outside this year, 75 of those on the beach, how?
Just like you and I, Blue Chip care about more than just money. We want to make the world a better place for everyone. That’s why we launched our Colleague Volunteering Scheme last year to enable all our staff to spend up to two days a year to assist local causes or charities of their choice, without staff having to take time off to do so.
Along with the freedom to choose where and how you spend your volunteer days, we also arrange several group activities throughout the year ranging from planting new trees in community woodlands, to litter picking on the beach.
Last year we completed two group volunteering days assisting the Priory Country Park wardens in clearing invasive species on the riverbank in summer and cutting back dead wood and hedges in the winter.
This year we helped by planting 4,000 trees at Marston Vale’s latest Community Woodland project in Wilstead. And we hosted a company Beach Clean-Up on Old Hunstanton Beach where we collected 22kg of rubbish. We also had an individual using one of their days to complete a sponsored climb of Ben Nevis for their chosen charity.
The Beach Clean was organised as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) national efforts to help keep UK beaches clean from the ever-growing amount of waste that is left or washed up each year. As part of the event we also recorded all our findings within a 100m section of the beach. This data is then fed back to the MCS for use in advising policies the government make, as well as national and international analysis.
Each year the MCS host the ‘Great British Beach Clean’ which takes place between the 20th-23rd September this year. This is the UK’s biggest offensive in the war on plastic and other marine and coastline waste and has been running for over 20 years. This year’s event is sponsored by the Ocado Foundation and anyone can join in. Even if you can’t make that weekend you can host a beach clean-up year-round to help keep on top of things at your favourite beach. Sign up to be a Beachwatch Organiser here.
Inspired by our story? Why not suggest a volunteering scheme at your employer, or better yet, take a look at some of the vacancies we have available at Blue Chip right now.